A Level Media Studies

“Learners will also have the opportunity to make media products of their own.”

Qualification

A Level

Awarding Body

AQA

Course Specification

Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to Mr Bowen

Years taught

Year 12 and Year 13

What is the course structure?

In Year 12, students develop the ability to analyse any media product using a framework of the media forms, representations, audiences and industries. They will also have the opportunity to make media products of their own. This is all geared towards making our students lean, mean, media machines who can each analyse a media product to pieces in minutes and show technical expertise in developing new media products. Our efforts are now directed toward being the best we can possibly be in the final weeks of Year 13. This makes what is done in Year 12 even more important - we have to get into the habit of analysing texts, building a vocabulary of technical terminology and applying it to media texts - as well as developing our film-making and media technology skills for our Non-Exam Assessment (coursework) component.

 

The Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) is a big, positive reason for a lot of students choosing the course – the opportunity to create a range of cross-media products intended for different audiences. Students have a lot of creative freedom in this area. It also counts for 30% of your final mark.

What will I study?

In Year 12, the answer is “Anything and everything that is interesting and comes under the umbrella of ‘media’”. It could be an Ariana Grande video, a Sky Sports app, a Marvel film, a You-Tuber's latest upload - the ocean of possibilities is vast. Students develop analysis, research and explorative skills, applying interesting theories and considering issues within and debates about the media we consume. At the same time it is a very creative course, one of the few opportunities at school to develop, plan and execute artistic visions.

 

In Year 13 there are specified Close Study Products released by the examination board and students will have to become very familiar with those. They could be adverts, trailers, apps, magazine front covers. It could be anything.

How is the course assessed?

A grade 5 in English or higher, preferably. It is a 'textual analysis' course as much as it is a creative course, so students should choose it if they are keen on analysing ideas and products. If students studied Media in Year 11 they will need a C at GCSE – but do not worry if you did not do it at GCSE, all students are welcome.

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